With summer quickly waning, I’m finding the need to extend it any way I can. How perfect, then, to discover that there’s one more date in Red Oak Realty’s Summer Cinema Series in Montclair Village, one of my favorite Oakland neighborhoods. The realty company’s new-ish office has a large, two-story facing wall abutting a parking lot, which lends the ideal situation for outdoor movie screening.
Mark your calendars for September 21st when there will be astroturf laid down in the emptied parking lot, and the imaginative movie Brave, projected on a screen hung from the side of the building. Get there at 7:30 to snag a seat – the film begins at 8pm. The address is 6450 Moraga Avenue, behind Montclair Bistro.
Hi there readers and curious travelers,
It’s been a while since I’ve regularly posted here, I know. But there are good reasons for it, and even better, I am getting back to it!
Together with my talented partner Gretchen Ludwig (pictured), I’ve started a food tour company that draws out stories of history, culture, and more so you can become a local expert. Aptly, we called it Localite Tours – isn’t the being the consummate local the thing to be? We’ve got five East Bay tours so far, and planning more to launch next March in other cities. Come join us on these small group activities, they’re a tasty blast.
I’ve also been giving talks, which I sincerely enjoy. I love inspiring folks to find more ways to be on vacation on their lunch break. Heck, you can even vacation by the way you think about biting into… Read more»
Oakland is a stage upon which the highest and lowest of human capacities play out.
If you aren’t too busy starting your own business, running your business, or following your passions – each endeavor supported by a network of potential-fullfilling organizations, you’ve got a diverse and vibrant assortment of activities at your whim. Without even searching online for events I can imagine an itinerary for the past weekend:
Thursday night – free movie and free popcorn in Temescal
Friday – tasty local food from Bites off Broadway followed by poetry and MC stylings at Tourettes without Regrets, or a comedy show at the Paramount Theater, an award-winning restored historic theater
Cheese is this interesting humanity-connecting edible. All across the globe, at various points in history, people developed different kinds of cheese as a solution to preserving milk. Especially in the verdant rainy months when milk-giving masticators get extra nutrients, you get much more milk than a family or even a community could go through. They say some methods were “discovered” when ancient Bedouins used sheep stomachs to carry milk across the dessert, and the natural rennet in the lining congealed the milk. In colder mountain regions, cheese was created by cooking milk with cultures of various sorts. It is rather unifying to think of all the native peoples across the globe experimenting to hone their own tasty solutions to make their milk last into dry or cold seasons.
Today, we have access to many of these solutions, honed over the centuries to become a glorious cornucopia of colors, flavors, and textures. There’s even a Read more»
There’s a certain joy that comes with being open-minded. You can go through your experiences imagining outcomes, but I find there to be a specific release that comes with expecting the unexpected. However, even when you are postured for the next surprise, you can be so enchanted by the density of outdone predictions, it is as if the world is getting an especially gleaming shoe shine.
Although I’ve been slow to document my growing list of favorites in Sacramento, California’s Capital has offered a steady stream of inspiration for the last handful of weeks. The discoveries are continual and impressive, stretching me to remain un-preconceived.
The quintessential example of this has been my dreamy meals at Enotria, in the pastel-dipped design district of town. I will recount the morsels I’ve eaten, but first, let this scenario illuminate the level of detail to which this place strives. Sacramento is… Read more»